I’ve Heard it: Nathan Salsburg – Third

First, there is “Timoney’s”, a winding and whirling three-minute instrumental that seems to happily announce “once upon a time” to Nathan Salsburg’s 35 minute album Third. Timoney’s brings me back to Michal Hromek’s 1990 recording, Celtic...

Bloc Metal II

  In this installment of Bloc Metal, we take a look at Sleep's long awaited comeback and Wreckmeister Harmonies' latest full-length. ***   On The Sciences, Sleep are Still Smoking  Stoner metal is pretty easy to pin down. The basic premise...

Why Don’t We Re-evaluate “Humbug”?

I remember revving up Humbug back in 2009 and expecting another “Brianstorm” or "View From the Afternoon" to obliterate the speakers of my '92 Accord. But rather than the delicious banger I craved, I got the awkward,...

I’ve Heard It: Panopticon – The Scars of Man On the Once Nameless Wilderness...

I think Ansel Adams would've been a black metal fan. He definitely would've been a Panopticon fan. The famed photographer and environmentalist's aesthetic consists exclusively of crisp black and white images of mammoth rock formations and...

I’ve Heard It: Michael Seyer – Bad Bonez

Bad Bonez, the new album by bedroom pop prodigy Michael Seyer, is a grower. On first listen, there's not much to distinguish it from the sea of hypnagogia that dominates Bandcamp in 2018, but Seyer has a...

I’ve Heard It: Black Dresses – WASTEISOLATION

Black Dresses is a collaboration between Dizzy (of Girls Rituals) and Rook, two Canadian artists whose transgressive noise-pop has attracted a loyal Bandcamp cult. Their first release as a duo (following last year’s split EP Dreams...

I’ve Heard It: Paul de Jong – You Fucken Sucker

  If you know Paul de Jong, it’s probably because he was one half of The Books, the plunderphonic savants whose 2003 album The Lemon of Pink is a masterpiece of inventive collage pop. In 2015, he...

Ghost – “Rats”

Hear that? Those are the agonized groans of the Blocland metal establishment over this post. But I won't be deterred. I have a soft spot for Ghost's brand of goofy pop-metal and commitment to their absurd...

Underworld – “Brilliant Yes That Would Be”

As long as Old Man Winter won't GTFO, I'll keep on subjecting myself to a soundtrack of long-winded, melancholy electronic music. And just in time, Underworld -- UK legends who were new to me until their...

I’ve Heard It: Hookworms – Microshift

Google "hookworms" and you're greeted with a barrage of information on a particularly nasty parasitic worm, which infects helpless humans through contact with "hookworm larvae found in dirt contaminated by feces." Ick! They're insidious little buggers....